Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A liquid crystal elastomer can be programmed to exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
This lightweight and efficient mechanism enables retention, release, and deployment of solar arrays and antennas.
Briefs: Automotive
The method slashes battery testing times — a key barrier to longer-lasting, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The domino effect is used to design deployable systems that expand quickly with a small push and are stable and locked into place after deployment.
NASA Spinoff: Manufacturing & Prototyping
NASA’s LED lighting system enables food and other crops to be grown indoors in places like skyscrapers.
Briefs: Energy
This new design could conserve energy used for defrosting airplanes, appliances, and more.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
It can be used both in small, portable devices for field inspections and in very large detectors that use arrays of crystals.
Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
These “developable mechanisms” are built into the surfaces of structures.
Briefs: Aerospace
This framework determines regional landslide probability in near real time.
Briefs: Medical
This gel releases short gene sequences into the heart muscle to heal it following a heart attack.
Articles: Semiconductors & ICs
A cryptographic ID tag, a high-reliability NASA switch, and a stretchable thermoelectric generator...
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A new method could enable vehicles and equipment to better withstand high temperatures, loads, and speeds.
Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs
Next-generation devices made with a “peel and stack” method could include electronic chips worn on the skin.
Briefs: Wearables
Bandages with integrated pH and temperature sensors, and electronically triggered drug release, improve healing.
Facility Focus: Imaging
This NASA center hosts the world’s greatest collection of wind tunnels and flight simulation facilities
Briefs: Test & Measurement
This method uses fiber optic probes for measurement of semiconductors, optical coatings, magnetic read/write heads, and precision machines.
Briefs: Energy
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Q&A: Materials
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
With the recent boom in touch-based, polymer display substrates must be fingerprint-resistant.
Articles: Photonics/Optics
Xilinx is now applying AI to the in-cabin environment.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The nonlinear camera captures high-resolution images of the interior of solid objects using terahertz (THz) radiation.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines.
Products: Imaging
Photodetectors, ultrafast lasers, energy sensors, and more.
Briefs: Photonics/Optics
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition

The last thing you probably do when a fly buzzes toward you is marvel at its graceful wing and body kinematics. But that’s exactly what researchers at Cornell University’s Itai Cohen Group...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Researchers described a new strategy of designing metamolecules.
Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Aspheric lenses greatly improve the performance and efficiency of a wide range of optical applications.
Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The ADISRA SmartView 4.0 HMI allows builders to see what's going on in their machines.

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